Milne Alumni April Newsletter
April 15, 2014

by Judy Koblintz Madnick, '61

Dear Milne Alumni and Supporters,

In this issue:

* Digitization Project Update!
* Free Copy of Booze at Breakfast, by Catherine W. Scott, '59
* A Nurse for 52 Years: Karen DOUGHERTY Campbell, '59
* Sad News

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If you don't see a submission that you sent during the past month, be assured it will appear next month!


As of 03/25/14, our total is $12,992. I have been advised that "the digitization vendors picked up the first set of books to be scanned. Should be on the internet by the end of summer."

If you click here and then click on the donations link, you will see that there are many alumni who have not yet contributed to this important project. Please help us reach our goal so that we are able to digitize all available Crimson & White and Bricks & Ivy editions, which will enable us to enjoy full-text web access of many of our Milne yearbooks and/or newspapers via searchable files. If we, as Milne School Alumni, don't ensure that our memorabilia is preserved...who will?

Please remember that the total necessary to complete this project is $25,000 (but, as with anything else, the price will rise as time passes) if you haven't yet donated or wish to increase your contribution, please consider doing so soon. Thank you very much to those who have already contributed.

For further information, see A list of donations is available at If your donation does not yet appear on our list, please note that the University sends updates every two weeks.


Please note: This link isn't working properly. I will let you know when it's operable. You can download a free copy of Booze at Breakfast in various formats at Use BookStub Code 12300000159964. You have control of font size, etc. According to Catherine, Booze at Breakfast is semi-autobiographical fiction (half fact and some moonbeams!) and located in Albany. It's dedicated to her deceased brother Johnny. She hopes that it might provide a good read for anyone, and especially those who knew her family or who have experienced addictions in their lives. Catherine said, "There's the hope of transformation and some lovable characters, I'm told."


Thank you to the Journalism students at The College of Saint Rose for the following article authored by Paige DeSorbo and posted as a Times Union blog here on March 27, 2014. We truly appreciate your highlighting "one of our own," including reference to The Milne School. Milne closed in 1977, and references made to our alma mater in the media help keep memories of our school alive.

"A Nurse for 52 Years:

"Most nurses seem to have a story and with the story a reason they decided to become a nurse in the first place. Karen Campbell, a nurse at Dr. Joel Spiro’s Dermatology office on Madison Avenue has a few reasons why she has stayed a nurse for 52 years.

"The last 41 years of her career she has worked at the office just west of Lake Avenue.

"'I’m not going anywhere else I love this job way too much to leave,' Campbell said.

"On a daily basis she takes patient histories, assists during surgeries, performs treatment, charts patient visits, and returns patients phone calls. She works 21 hours a week over three days.

"'She is a fantastic person and fantastic nurse she truly cares about everybody,' said Nancy Trzcinski the nurse practitioner in the office who has known Campbell for 16 years.

"Campbell knew she wanted to be a nurse at a young age. As a child she had a sick father who was paralyzed. She spent a lot of time around caregivers like the nurses, and doctors who treated and medicated her father. Campbell attended the old Milne High School in the Pine Hills area, where all of the teachers were college students from the University at Albany.

"She worked as a candy striper in the pediatrics wing during high school and from there she attended St. Peters Hospital School of Nursing. She then worked at St. Peters Hospital for 10 years, four in the in the pediatric wing and the other six rotating throughout the hospital.

"Campbell was a patient of Spiro’s for four years when he offered her a job. It came at the perfect time for this mother of seven children.

"'Work was actually my sanity with seven little kids running around at home,' she said. She has found satisfaction in the field of dermatology.

"'Dermatology always has new medications, treatments, and new people to help,' she said.

"For her work, she has traveled all over the country for different dermatology conventions. She has noticed over time how many more treatments and medication are available.

"'Making someone feel better is the best part about being a nurse,' she said. She has developed a relationship with many of her patients and co-workers.

"'With her patients she has the best rapport, she is also a team player which is important in an office,' said Patti Gallagher, who has worked with her for nine years. 'She truly has an extrovert personality and is a great mentor.'"

"Campbell, 73 and married for 50 years now has seven grandchildren who live all around the country. She has no plans to retire but when she does she wants to spend time with those seven grandchildren.

"'This job keeps me young, and healthy that’s why I don’t think I will be going anywhere anytime soon.'"
Photo: Karen Campbell helping a patient./Paige DeSorbo


Joseph F. Hess, husband of Susan GARMAN Hess, '63, and brother-in-law of John Garman, '58, passed away on March 13, 2014.

John Alexander Tougher, Jr., brother of Carol TOUGHER Galib, '62, passed away on March 14, 2014.

Peter D. Quackenbush, '61, passed away on March 17, 2014. Peter was the brother of Dean Quackenbush, '68.

Jay Newton Eisenart, '53, passed away on March 18, 2014. Jay was the brother of Jean Eisenhart, '57.

George R. Thompson, Jr., '57, passed away on March 21, 2014.

Joyce MILLER Rost-Lyon, '56, passed away on March 24, 2014. Joycee was the sister of Sherill MILLER Augstell, '54.

Marjorie DE HEUS Shaw, '28, passed away on March 29, 2014. She was the sister of the late Esther Caroline DE HEUS VanKeuren, '26, and the late J. Burgess DE HEUS, '34.

Ira Howard Rheingold, '54, passed away on April 3, 2014.

Please note that I rely upon the Albany Times Union and input from other alumni for this information, so if you become aware of someone who has passed away, please let me know. If a name is underlined, it represents a link to the obituary. Many obituaries are available free for a limited time only.

Thanks to all of you for your interest in Milne Alumni activities.

Judy (Koblintz) Madnick, '61

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